Annual Music Festival In the Cotswolds

The Bledington Music Festival

The End of an Era

We are sorry to inform you that since the sudden death of our Festival Organiser, Rodney Beacham in March 2023, the Festival team has reluctantly decided that Bledington Music Festival can no longer continue.
The future is uncertain.
The Festival lasted for 23 years apart from an enforced blip during Covid. The team is proud of this achievement and that well-known, acclaimed musicians came to our tiny Cotswold village church. Special tribute should be paid to our President Thomas Trotter who has supported us from the beginning and harpist Catrin Finch, our Vice President, who was the first to take her music into our village school.
Hopefully, someone will take up the baton and there will be concerts in St Leonard’s Church, Bledington once again on balmy (and chilly) June evenings. In the meantime, browse through the website and marvel at the amazing evenings we have enjoyed over the years. 
Thank you all for your support.

The Bledington Music Festival was an annual music event which took place over three summer evenings in the beautiful Cotswolds. We played host to top class performers from all over the world.

Music lovers made their way to St Leonard’s Church, Bledington, a little village in the heart of the Cotswolds just 10 minutes from Stow-On-the-Wold and 40 minutes from Oxford.  There are so many lovely places nearby.

Concerts featured a piano supplied by Cotswold Pianocraft.

We are big supporters of Music in Education, you can find out more about how the musicians take the time to interact and introduce and enrich the musicality in students of Bledington School.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin and Cordelia Williams, piano

The Bledington Music Festival was an annual music event which took place over three summer evenings in the beautiful Cotswolds. We played host to top class performers from all over the world.

Bringing Music and Inspiration to Schools

Each year we endeavour to get the local children enthusiastic about the music and the performers through our growing educational programme and we are very fortunate to have artists willing to get involved and perform special ‘mini’ concerts for pupils of local Primary Schools.  The involvement with the local school began in June 2005 when Catrin Finch visited with her harp. The next year Chloe Hanslip visited as did the Firsova Piano Trio.

We are extremely grateful that many of the musicians also give of their time to perform a concert especially for the local school children; this is always a much anticipated event and is part of our ongoing educational programme to expose children to various instruments and music. More info…

Festival tickets make wonderful gifts for music lovers.


The Festival has grown since it was established in 2000 when Thomas Trotter, the current President, gave a recital at Bledington; the popularity of that occasion gave rise to this successful three day Music Festival.

Over the years the festival has welcomed many performers. Each concert is unique and outstanding, with world class artists – we are very grateful to have their support for our festival!


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Organisers and Supporters

Rodney Beacham

Festival Organiser

Thomas Trotter

Festival President

Catrin Finch

Festival Vice President

Sincere thanks to our kind supporters

Festival venue:

St Leonard’s Church
Church Street

Tel 01608 658669

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